Book Review-Prescription for Murder-E.E. Smith

Monday, September 1, 2014


This is the third book I've read by E.E. Smith. The second was Russian Roulette- you can read my review of that book here. The first was Death by Misadventure-my review is here All these books can be read as a stand alone but it is always fun to read a series in order. I read them in order and it did help at times.

Just as Alexis J. Smith, an American private investigator and Detective Inspector Harry Hawkins of Scotland Yard decide to tie the knot while on vacation in Majorca- something stops them (even though an announcement of their marriage has hit the local paper). Alexis receives a letter from her sister that their Mother is deathly ill. Hum, let's see--she does not get along with her sister at all and their Mom has been dead for many years. Alexis needs to solve this and back she runs to the States to figure it all out, before actually marrying Harry!

All kinds of mayhem occur. Alexis' sister is kidnapped and people are dying all over the place. Will Alexis be able to solve these murders? Will she be able to save her sister? Will she live long enough to actually marry Harry? And I have a question for E.E. Smith--is this the ending of this series or will there be (hopefully) more?


About the Book (from Amazon)

It was announced that Alexis J. Smith, an American private investigator, had married Detective Inspector Harry Hawkins of Scotland Yard that morning on the island of Majorca. But, in fact, a mysterious telegram addressed to Lexie and allegedly signed by her sister Mary, had arrived saying that their mother was ill and needed her desperately. Trouble is, their mother had been dead for three years. So who sent the wire, and why? Someone needed her, that much was clear, and Lexie feels she must fly home and find out who it is. Of course, the wedding is off.

Back home in Sacramento, she learns that a U.S. congressman from that district has been poisoned, and one of her friends is about to be charged with the crime. A second murder, of the druggist who dispensed the lethal prescription to the congressman, now points to the Irish Mafia. In the meantime, Mary is kidnapped by the Mob and held prisoner while Lexie is sent to Ireland to find, and bring back, a young woman who had fled the country to escape the attentions of one of the Mob bosses. Her sister's life depends on a successful mission, but Lexie has double-crossed powerful organizations before, and may have to do it again.
In the meantime, Harry Hawkins will bend every rule of Scotland Yard to help her, but will it be enough? Is this the end, or merely the closing of the circle?

Read a chapter or two here

Purchase the Book here

About the Author: (from Psychology Today)


Playwright E. E. Smith has written numerous plays including Playtime in London; Boardinghouse Stew; Wartime Recipes; The Temperate Zone (based on Edith Wharton's short story); Ghost Writers (based on two stories by Wharton and Henry James), among many others. Her plays have been performed throughout the country. A New Edition of her first novel, Boardinghouse Stew, along with the sequel, Times LikeThese, was published in the fall of 2011 by Phoenix International, Inc. A memoir, In Love and War, followed in 2012. A new series of murder mysteries debuted in 2013. The first is titled Death by Misadventure. Russian Roulette is the second!

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19 comments :

Masshole Mommy said...

I love a good murder mystery! I am going to have to check this one out!

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

We will be heading to Montana for a month. I am going to need some good books to keep me busy while my Hubs is hunting.

Ellen said...

Mysteries are my favorite genre and I need a new book!

mail4rosey said...

Sounds like Alexis has a lot on her plate. Sounds too like the reader is in for a great reading adventure!

Athena Nagel said...

I have added this to my wishlist! I just have to get through so many other books first.

Scott said...

My wife loves murder mysteries and I may have to consider this as a stocking stuffer!

Melissa Vera said...

I love a good mystery. This books sounds so interesting have to check it out on Amazon.

Kristen Campbell said...

Murder mysteries are some of my faves! Especially when I can't figure out the ending before hand :)

Chrissy Mazzocchi said...

This looks like a great book, I will be checking this one out!

jaime said...

I'm currently reading a book that has a little mystery to it. I'm finding that I've missed that!

April Mims said...

I'm actually not a huge fan of murder mysteries.

Danielle @ We Have It All said...

This sounds like a book my hubby would like. I'll have to check with him to see if he's heard of it.

Onica MommyFactor said...

Sounds like a great mystery read. How interesting the author also writes plays.

Sharon Martin said...

Hubbie is the mystery reader I think he would really enjoy this one and the others.

Jennifer said...

Sounds full of suspense - this is my kind of book! I'm going to check this one out!

Czjai Reyes-Ocampo said...

I like books like this that keep you guessing 'til the end. Sounds like a great read!

valmg @ Mom Knows It All said...

My Mom loves mysteries and whodunits. This might be right up her alley.

Rebecca Swenor said...

This sounds so interesting and exciting. I love reading your reviews because you make me want to read the novels. I will have to get the other books first to read too. Thanks for sharing.

Evelyn Smith said...

"Prescription for Murder" is actually the 4th book in the series. The other three are "Death by Misadventure," "Bad Blood," and "Russian Roulette," in that order. As for whether there will be more in this series, I'm leaving the door open! Thanks for your review. E. E. Smith

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